Missing girl, 10, found stabbed to death Three women murdered in apparent Heredia store robbery

Someone broke into a clothing and shoe store in San Joaquín de Flores de Heredia Wednesday morning and murdered the two sisters who were the owners. A third woman found alive but died later.

The store was located in a home, and the Judicial Investigating Organization said that the son of one of the woman arrived around midday and could not get anyone to respond to his ringing the bell. He called police.

Fuerza Pública officers found the two dead women with bullet wounds in the head. Judicial agents said they believed the motive for the killings was a robbery because the rear door of the structure had been forced.

The dead women both have the last name of Rodríguez. The third woman was identified by the last name of Herrera, said agents. She also was shot in the head and died later in the day.

In May A.M. Costa Rica reported on the dangers of operating a small business. The story recounted the robbery of a woman and her infant at a new Desamparados clothing store. Businesses are reeling under the onslaught of crooks, the story said. No one was hurt in the earlier incident although a man did hold a pistol to the head of the infant.

Meanwhile in Pérez Zeledón, searchers found the body of a 10-year-old girl who was the object of a massive search Monday and Tuesday. The girl left her home to visit her grandmother but never arrived.

She was found in a mountainous region about a kilometer from her home in the opposite direction of her planned route. She had been stabbed to death, judicial agents said.

In Batán, Limón, judicial agents detained four men Tuesday night as suspects in the murder of an 18-year-old girl in a Siquirres street robbery over the weekend. One of the suspects is a Fuerza Pública officer.

Siquirres has seen a wave of robberies by a group of men in a car who had a preference for holding up women walking on the public streets. The victim, identified by the last name of Farguaharson by the Judicial Investigating Organization, resisted when asked to surrender her cell telephone. She was accompanied by a female friend when the robbery took place.

Agents said that they recovered evidence from the vehicle the men were in when detained. Judicial agents did not say so, but the four also will be suspects in the killing of a store owner in the same community at the end of last week. The suspects are 18, 19, 23 and 24, agents said. A white vehicle was seen at both crimes.

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